This year, nearly a third of the galleries are presenting either solo or duo booths. “When the artists are unknown, it is very important that we show more of the work,” Bläuer explained of the stress on these more in-depth presentations. On the second floor, twenty-something Bosnian artist Dijan Kahrimanovic has been given an entire room to work with after winning the 2015 Helvetia Art Prize. He’s designed the space with a cathedral-like ceiling and filled it with black-and-white self-portraits. Before taking the photographs, Kahrimanovic called 1,763 wrong numbers in Switzerland and asked the strangers who shared the line, “Who do you think I am, and how do you think I look?” he said. The performance resulted in a series of 279 pictures and brought the young artist to LISTE for the first time.
Conversely, the neighboring booth by Milan’s Francesca Minini
features a solo presentation by Italian artist Flavio Favelli
, one of the fair’s small number of artists over 40. Three years ago, the fair lifted a rule banning artists who are over the hill, and while the focus remains on young guns, exceptions are now made for compelling discoveries, and rediscoveries. Favelli’s installation is among them.